We learned a Yang sequence yesterday that I can’t wait to teach and this morning explored deepening stretches for the hip and lower back. With twenty minutes to spare Paul said, “Ok, do whatever you want.” I couldn’t help it – I slipped in about ten minutes of Iyengar. Integrating Yin with Iyengar continues to be challenging but I don’t believe it is impossible. During my Iyengar practice I was able to assimilate a little of Suzee’s Yang Flow with my favorite “slow flow” (triangle, half-moon, warrior one and back to standing forward bend) and if felt incredible.
I don’t believe it’s right of me to completely abandon the Iyengar way, even as I embrace Yin. Just like everything, there is a balance. It’s important to know what works about Iyengar (the props and the pace) and what doesn’t (the insistence on exact alignment). And it’s important to know what works in Yin (the targeting of the fascia) and what doesn’t (the lack of precise answers that can frustrate a beginner). I believe that in my teaching and in my practice, the two might gently learn to accommodate one another.
It’s a good day. I can’t wait to return and share what I’m learning.